Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mark Teixeira says blame aging for extended absences

The afternoon bat around knows what the morning never suspected.

“I was injured plenty, I just played through it,” Teixeira said. “I had major ankle surgery in college, a major quad tear in Texas in ‘07, knee surgery in ‘07. Hurt my wrist in ‘09. I’ve played through so many things . . . I can’t play through them anymore.”

It is, he said, the inevitable impact of aging.

“Guys ask me, ‘How did you play in Texas for five years? It’s 100 degrees every day,’ ” said Teixeira, who played 162 games in 2005 and 2006 with the Rangers. “I was young, I was a kid. I played through everything. You foul a pitch off your leg, go get ‘em; you strain something in your back, go get ‘em. That’s just the way it is when you’re young. I can’t play through those things [now]. I don’t think I would have had to miss games with back spasms, I don’t think I would miss games with a little tweak of my hamstring earlier in the season, but now I just can’t get through those anymore.”

Yes, he said when asked, it is a concession to age.

“Father Time is undefeated,” Teixeira smiled wearily.

Regardless, the Yankees need Teixeira if they’re to make a second-half push. Though he played in 76 of the club’s 104 games entering last night, Teixeira led an offensively challenged club with 17 homers and 48 RBIs. And with his backup, Kelly Johnson, on the DL, Teixeira’s absence in the field has been felt, most recently Saturday when fill-in Brian McCann misplayed a ball in the seventh inning that led to the Blue Jays scoring the tiebreaking run in a 6-4 Yankees’ loss.

“I was really healthy for a long time, and I was very lucky that I could play through those things and stayed on the field as much as anybody,” Teixeira said. “But at a certain point, sometimes you hit a wall. I hit a wall last year. Hopefully, I won’t have a lot of these but if they do pop up, they’re just tougher to play through.”

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bhaakon Posted: July 29, 2014 at 02:35 AM (#4759518)
Teixeira to baseball execs: U dum. #8yeardeal #lolthewaytothebank
   2. AROM Posted: July 29, 2014 at 08:36 AM (#4759542)
Flags fly forever. Don't underestimate the marginal value of a 27th.
   3. AROM Posted: July 29, 2014 at 08:37 AM (#4759543)
“Father Time is undefeated,”

Rivera earned a draw.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 27 March 2017: Trump, Healthcare, and the Art of the Botched Deal
(256 - 12:03pm, Mar 28)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogBraves urge fans to plan as traffic test looms with exhibition game
(31 - 12:01pm, Mar 28)
Last: Rickey! No. You move.

NewsblogTHE B/R Q&A: ROB MANFRED WANTS MLB TO 'OWN THE NEXT GENERATION' OF SPORTS FANS
(87 - 12:01pm, Mar 28)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogWhite Sox trade CF Peter Bourjos to Rays for cash
(10 - 12:00pm, Mar 28)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogBraves announcers think Tigers OF JaCoby Jones & former NFL WR Jacoby Jones are the same person
(5 - 12:00pm, Mar 28)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogHeyman: Cardinals, Molina Making Big Progress Toward Extension
(13 - 11:51am, Mar 28)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogForbes: Tips From Fantasy Baseball's Best
(22 - 11:43am, Mar 28)
Last: GGC for Sale

NewsblogOT - March 2017 NBA thread
(933 - 11:29am, Mar 28)
Last: jmurph

Gonfalon CubsCleaning up on loose ends
(1 - 11:28am, Mar 28)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogRaul Mondesi wins starting second base job for the Royals
(45 - 11:09am, Mar 28)
Last: Booey

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-28-2017
(5 - 10:42am, Mar 28)
Last: GGC for Sale

NewsblogBarry Bonds, Pac-Man and the greatest baseball fun fact of all time
(3 - 10:42am, Mar 28)
Last: Like Flies On Sherbert

NewsblogTwins' attempt to chart fatigue raises concerns with players union
(24 - 10:35am, Mar 28)
Last: Like Flies On Sherbert

NewsblogBronson Arroyo: "I'm literally about to pull off the impossible"
(23 - 10:35am, Mar 28)
Last: Russ

NewsblogJose Canseco is getting back in baseball as a television analyst covering the A's
(2 - 10:11am, Mar 28)
Last: jacksone (AKA It's OK...)

Page rendered in 0.2744 seconds
47 querie(s) executed